Stephenson High School broke its own record this season with the Jaguar varsity baseball team winning 24 games.
Within the last year, the Stone Mountain squad has claimed the titles of having the most wins in a season with a record of 24 wins—15 of those wins were consecutive. The team is standing proud, holding the best season record in school history, 24 – 8. The baseball team stands as the first team to win a state playoff series and make it to the Elite 8 in the school’s history.
Team members on the 15-man roster say the keys to their victories were staying humble and building on their solid foundation.
“We’ve had a major turning point this season that truly humbled the team allowing them to depend on one another,” said head baseball and softball Coach Marco T. Jackson, M.Ed. “It was a blessing in disguise.”
As a team they are a force to be reckoned with and as individual players they have made their coach, family and community proud.
Four of the team members are being rated among the Top 100 baseball players in the entire state. Five senior baseball players on the team are receiving baseball scholarships to various colleges. Some other accolades the team can be proud of include: having the most wins by a pitcher in a season, the most strikeouts in a season and the most runs scored by a player in a season.
Harrison Moore, a senior at Stephenson is the first player from the high school chosen to play in the All-State All-star game, which is held in Columbus, Georgia. Moore, Marcus Young and Tekwaan Whyte were also named to First Team All-County. David Burke and Jordan Ballou were named to the Second Team All-County list; and Burke, Jalen Robinson, Ryan Betts and DJ Neal were named to the All-County Defensive Team.
The squad’s leader, Coach Jackson, touts an extensive background in teaching and players’ say that background has shined through his coaching techniques. Jackson said not only does he take pride in winning and becoming a team player, but also in educating young men on and off the field.
Since teaching and coaching at Stephenson for the past five years, Jackson has seen all of the team’s highs and lows, but this season was a great high for the program.
“Losing the Regional Championship to Dunwoody High School back in April was a key moment for us,” Jackson said. “It really showed them how to lean on one another and keep going.”
Jackson also had his share of accomplishments this season as he was named the 2014 Marvin B. Pruitt DeKalb County Coach of the Year.
Parents say over the course of the season, the 15-member team has showed what hard work can do. The squads’ 10 returning players say they will continue the standard of supporting humbled athletes.
“I can’t wait for what next season holds for the Stephenson High School Varsity Jaguars,” Jackson said.